Elements of Architecture
The single elements of a design task for the built environment are manifold. The objects themselves need ongoing specifications of physical objects, construction details, flow of media and resources, but as well the handling of human demands.
Structured thinking is therefore equally important than the consideration of local resources. The number and diversity of the elements is challenging a holistic understanding. As each project is different due to its spatial context, the prioritisation of demands and solutions is important. This approach is as well necessary to understand a design task as a ongoing organism, which is not finished with the opening of a building or the inauguration of a metro-line.
A list of possible elements is a starting point for project specific definitions. The following diagram shows approaches for an integrated understanding. It is taken out of the article “new modularisation for low cost buildings” by Odilo Schoch, published in Danish magazine Arkitekten in October 2009.
Architectural design is a handling multiple scales, multiple disciplines and multiple demands. It is considered a non-regular network of elements that manage the flow of resources and description of specifications. Knowing that a building-element, a whole building and city is underlying an ongoing designing and optimization process, the networking can follow different approaches. The approach based on quality management helps a lot to get a clear understanding of competing and supporting goals within a project.
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